Bella and Blue Doghouses Sign

A friend asked us to create a simple and quick sign for their doghouse business. Many of their doghouses are rustic looking, so we wanted to match their aesthetic. Pallet wood was perfect for this sign, because it is abundant, rustic, and very easy to work with since it is a soft wood.

Tools and Materials used:

  • Pallet Wood
  • Wood Glue
  • Nails
  • Jig Saw
  • Spray Paint
  • Pencil


Gather some pieces that make up the size and shape of the sign. Lay the pieces out and number them to remember the order for later. Mark and cut the pieces to length and shape. In our case an oval. We traced out a ruff oval outline then cut out the pieces with a jigsaw.


To hold the pieces together, I attached some perpendicular scraps of wood to the back of the sign with wood glue and nails. This gives a sturdy sign to work on.


Give it a good sanding to make the surface smooth and knock off any ruff areas. In our case the wood was dirty in some areas, so the sanding helped clean it up as well.


At this point, stain, paint the wood crazy colors, or keep it raw wood. We gave this sign a coat of stain. For ours, we wanted a darker stain to contrast with the white spray paint.


Applying vinyl and masking your design for prepping for paint. This step is optional. In this photo, you can see the vinyl decal we cut on our Silhouette Cameo cutter. Feel free to hand paint or use stencils to create your design. In this step, we applied our vinyl and masked off any exposed areas with painters tape.


Paint and clean up. We gave our masked sign several thin coats of white matte spray paint. When spray painting ruff uneven wood, be sure to spray each pass in different directions to ensure you get into all the cracks. I let the sign dry for several hours before removing the stencil and masking. There were a few spots I had to touch up with a paintbrush.